The share of Open Access Journals (OAJ) and Open Access Articles (OAA) charging Article Processing Charges (APC). Data from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) 2013 to 2015

Problem: There is an ongoing debate on the share of OAJ and OAA charging APC from authors. It has been shown that 67% of OAJ listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) work without APC ([Suber 2015]... continue reading

Immobilization and use of pure cultures and microbial consortium isolated from specialized niches for improved crop productivity

Now a day, sustainable agricultural practice for increased production is most significant concerns. The fertile agricultural land is reducing day by day due to increased population and overburden of excessive use of chemical fertilizer and... continue reading

Putting 2 million genomes into the public domain and onto the web

openSNP is an open-science/data project that aims at making personal genomics data available. Thanks to the rapid bio-technological progress and start-ups like 23andMe, more and more people are getting access to their personal genetic information.... continue reading

A proposal for sequential approach for arsenic removal from top-soil

Arsenic contamination of ground water and soil is a vexing problem in several countries, including India. For water treatment there have been several effective, economical and commercially available [methods]... continue reading

Long Term Management of Glucose and Weight in Type 2 Diabetes Using Escherichia coli Nissle 1917 Expressing CTB-IGF1 and CTB-amylin

Current therapeutic options for diabetes mellitus are feeble in long term management of blood glucose, which can result in many serious complications. Recent studies illustrate that the intestinal microflora is a feasible vehicle to deliver the... continue reading

2 solutions to escalating prices of scientific journals

A major financial problem for research libraries is the escalated subscription prices of scientific journals. A year's subscription for a journal of neurology might be 20 000 dollars and the average price for a chemistry journal is 3500 dollars... continue reading

Favoring open access when evaluating academic merits

A survey conducted in 2010 found that 89 percent of the 38 000 active researchers that answered the survey are convinced that open access is beneficial for their research field, directly improving the way the scientific community work. Still only... continue reading

Considering Amazonian microbial diversity

Diverse ecological communities of Amazonia play a crucial role in the maintenance of the biosphere. However, little is known about the microbial ecology of Amazonia. During an analysis of litter from an Amazonian wetland we discovered a new... continue reading

Coiling attached with UV source and gas inlet for ballast water treatment: An effective physical method for ballast water treatment

Ships carry giant volume of ballast water required to sink in Sea. The loading and unloading of ballast water causes negative impact on marine environment. The discharged ballast water typically contains both macroscopic and microscopic plants,... continue reading

Dinitrogen fixing moderately halo-alkaliphilic microorganisms as a crop productivity enhancer

Electrical conductivity of Sea water and saline soil is above 4 dS/m (Cox et al., 1970; Sehgal, 1980). The high pH and high salinity reduced metabolic rates of dinitrogen (N2) fixing bacteria which lowered or stopped N2 fixation activity. This... continue reading


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